University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

NSF program announcement for ADVANCE will allow limited submissions


The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow UND to submit only a limited number of submissions:  Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science & Engineering Careers (ADVANCE), Solicitation # 12-584

The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE focuses on ensuring that women faculty with earned STEM degrees consider academia as a viable and attractive career option. This program does not support projects to increase or retain the number of women entering into or persisting in STEM doctoral degree programs. Thus, efforts to impact the STEM pipeline are not considered appropriate for the ADVANCE Program.
Creative strategies to realize the ADVANCE program goal are sought from women and men. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals that address the participation and advancement of academic STEM women from underrepresented minority groups and women with disabilities are particularly encouraged. Further, given the increasing emphasis on international collaborations in many STEM disciplines, and the importance of international recognition to career advancement, proposal components that systemically enhance and provide access to international collaborations are encouraged.
Proposals from community colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are encouraged.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for any of the programs, please let us know. Pre-proposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 to , 777-4278.

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of pre-proposals, which should consist of the following sections:

 Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
 Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its(their) function(s)
 Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
 Impact on the university’s mission as a whole
 Detailed budget.

Pre-proposals should be no more than three pages in length using a reasonable format (1 inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced. Criteria for reviewing pre-proposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the university and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

-- Research Development and Compliance